Tax filing deadline quickly approaching, free tax help available for Big Country residents

AARP volunteers offering free tax prep help

ABILENE, Texas - The American Association of Retired Persons is offering free assistance to people in Abilene and the Big Country before the April 15 filing deadline.

AARP volunteers will be helping people with their taxes for two more days.

They will be at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Library Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They ask you to bring Social Security cards for everyone you are filing for, including your kids.

You will also need your tax documents and last year's tax returns if you have them.

Emma Lambert said it feels like "a great relief" after she files her taxes. This year she filed with the help of AARP volunteers. Why?

"It's free of charge. This is all volunteer help," said AARP Free Tax Help District Coordinator Linda Aten.

Like many others, Lambert said she can't afford to go somewhere else.

"The income is limited. So it would take away from something else if I had to pay to get my taxes done," said Lambert.  

Lambert said she also likes having a professional look over her taxes.

"I'm afraid I might make a big mistake and then have to pay for years and years," said Lambert.  

Aten said this year was busier than usual.

"We have not had a slowdown at all this year. It's been overwhelming and I think right now we're at 1,900 returns and will probably get to 2,000 at the rate we've been going," said Aten.  

Aten said when it comes to filing, the sooner the better.

"Next year plan ahead get them done a little earlier," said Aten.

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